February 10, 2014

Hollande's Martial Prowess

Francois Heisbourg, New York Times

The Associated Press

François Hollande, the first French president to pay a state visit to the United States since 1996, is seemingly a man of paradox. Before the 2012 elections, he was taunted by political rivals as “flanby” (a custardlike dessert) or “capitaine de pédalo” (paddle boat captain) — hardly epithets befitting a would-be commander in chief. Yet, within his first 20 months in office, the Socialist Party’s successor to President Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered his country’s troops into two African conflicts, in Mali and the Central African Republic, and came within hours of unleashing cruise missiles against Syria.

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